Ten ‘Selfish’ Reasons To Breastfeed
You’ve heard the horror stories of mastitis and of the difficult first weeks of trying to establish a steady milk supply. You know mothers who never found breastfeeding easy. And you’re really not looking forward to painful, cracked nipples at any time.
Yet the proof is seemingly irrefutable – breastfeeding is better for your baby’s health – and so you’re determined to give it a go. Congratulations, best wishes and good luck…
And just in case you need further motivation, we bring you below ten ‘selfish’ personal benefits that come from being a breastfeeding mother. You go, girl!
- Not breastfeeding increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer
- Women who don’t breastfeed have increased risk of ovarian cancer
- Breastfeeding helps the uterus to return to size after birth
- Not breastfeeding increases a mother’s risk of osteoporosis
- Breastfeeding saves money – it is free!
- Not breastfeeding increases a women’s chance of endometrial cancer
- Breastfeeding calms distressed babies. It has an analgesic effect
- Breastfed babies smell better and their poos aren’t as offensive 😉
- Breastfeeding forces you to have a rest
- Breastfeeding delays the return of menstrual periods
With an nod and thanks to Rachel Blair’s Breastfeeders Anonymous – an excellent guide to the subject for new mums and the newly pregnant. Don’t be anxious – be informed.
For the rules and do’s and don’ts around breast milk storage please also check out this page.